The Latter Rain by James M. Conis clarifies Bible prophesies in simple, easily understood explanations. The prophesies this book focusses on relate directly to our time.
For an example of his style, Conis introduces rain “as a symbolic reference to revelations and communications from God to man.” From chapter 5—dedicated to the prophet Jeremiah—he quotes,
When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters, in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth, he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.
(Before I give Conis’ comments, I have to say, the language of the Bible is amazingly beautiful!)
“Like Isaiah, Jeremiah again establishes this symbolic type. We see clearly from Jeremiah 10:13 that references to water, vapor, rain, dew, etc., are really referring to the voice of the Lord coming forth upon the earth to inspire and guide man by sending the ‘waters in the heavens’ and ‘the wind out of his treasures.’ The precipitation of the heavenly water thus represents God’s revelation to man.”
Building on the type of rain representing revelations from God, Conis explains that “in many [Bible scriptures]. . . periods of little or no communication from God [are represented by] a period of drought.”
In the land of Judah and Israel, the rainy season consisted of an early rain, a period of dry, and a latter rain. Conis uses this pattern as a type for the history of man, “[The Lord] will give the Former Rain period, where prophets are present on the earth, and the Latter Rain period where they are again present on the earth. But, if Israel fails to keep his commandments, then a famine period is predicted, separating these two great eras of spiritual prosperity.”
Conis begins with an in-depth study of the types found in Isaiah. The title, The Latter Rain, precisely represents how this book uses “the Book of Isaiah as the key to unlock Bible prophecies that are relevant today” (the time of the Latter Rain).
Conis writes, “The Latter Rain / Former Rain symbolism has lain dormant in the scriptures, but has been there all along. These symbols and types have remained hidden because the surface meaning of how man interacts with rain and famine in normal life tends to be so accepted that the deeper meaning is missed.”
He uses the scriptures extensively in his book to support his insights. For example, following the era of prophets, a time of spiritual drought was prophesized of by many Old Testament prophets. He quotes from Amos: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord; And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it” (Amos 8:11-12).
By giving verses, accompanied by a simple explanation, Conis leads the reader through the writings of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and others.
Following this pattern, he cites Isaiah 49:1-4 that reads in part,
Listen, O isle, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far, The Lord hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me.”
Then he explains, “Isaiah the prophet is the one that is hid in the shadow of the Lord’s hand. The meaning of his writings will have the effect of a polished shaft, hidden in the quiver of the Lord. The true meaning of Isaiah’s message has been reserved for these the last days, and for the period of the Latter Rain.”
The book is filled with such insights from Isaiah through the revelations of John. Conis also explores other types such as the spiritual symbolism of wars, the need for priesthood authority, and a book that will be come forth during the time of “latter rain.”
I recommend The Latter Rain to everyone with a desire to understand the Bible better and I look forward to thoroughly reading it to the end. It is going next to my bed with a highlighter. You can purchase The Latter Rain here. If you put coupon code Tour in at check out, you’ll get 20% off.